Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism
NECSS 2019 will feature four full days of presentations, panels, workshops, and more featuring dozens of speakers from the worlds of both science and skepticism.
What is NECSS?
The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (pronounced “nexus”) is a science and critical thinking conference held annually in New York City. NECSS welcomes leading scientists, educators, activists, and artists who educate and engage conference attendees through individual presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and performance pieces. NECSS is as much a meeting of minds as it is a conference, and social events and mixers are organized throughout the weekend to allow attendees the opportunity to mix and mingle in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
Who is NECSS for?
NECSS is for everyone! NECSS attracts hundreds of people, from all different walks of life, from around the world. It is a forum for the general public to mingle with scientists, educators, philosophers, medical professionals, students, and many other people that you might not ordinarily meet. Everyone can find something of interest during these four days of conversation!
Now in its 11th year, NECSS is produced by New York City Skeptics, the New England Skeptical Society, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and The Society for Science-Based Medicine. NECSS attracts hundreds of people from all walks of life from around the world. Presenters include scientists, educators, philosophers, entertainers, activists, and authors from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, each of whom will share their unique perspective with conference attendees.
Meet our speakers, panelists, and workshop presenters
Draft Schedule Subject to Change
Check Your Premises
How Science and Skepticism are Portrayed in Popular Culture
LUNCH (on your own)
Shaping Your Child’s Behavior with Science
How to be Skeptical About Your Health Care
NECSS ventures into Brooklyn for this interactive performance. Real/Fake Science features six presenters and six topics, some will be fabricated and some factual, some scientists and some charlatans. Faced with uncertainty can you sort the fact from the fiction?.
- Date: Thursday July 11
- Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM (doors open at 6:30PM)
- Registration: ($35 early bird pricing)
- Location: The Pine Box (12 Grattan St, Brooklyn, NY 11206)*
At this one-of-a-kind interactive mystery science event participants are invited to surf the line between fact and fiction. Cunning presenters will confound you with their alternate facts and surprising truths. Join fellow skeptics and prepare to be regaled with tales of real and fake science, recounted by knowledgeable presenters hailing from a range of scientific disciplines. Participants will compete for the distinction of Most Discerning! The science will be fantastic and some will be phony! Be prepared to listen closely and keep your smartphones and internet gadgets stowed away.
*Located a short 15 minute ride across the river into Brooklyn!
David Gorski: Science Based Medicine: Cancer Quackery and Fake News: Targeting the Most Vulnerable
Odaelys Walwyn: Illusion of Accessibility in STEM
PANEL: Science Based Medicine presents: Misadventures in Pseudoscience Marketing
Match Game: NECSS Edition
Located in Katie Murphy AmphitheaterThe Skeptics' Guide to the Universe
SGU Private Show
SGU Private Show (Friday July 12) – FIT Feldman Center, Room D-207. Please enter at the main entrance to the FIT Feldman Center under the blue arch, located on 27th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. A NECSS representatives will then direct you to D-207.Steven Novella, Bob Novella, Jay Novella, Evan Bernstein, Cara Santa Maria
Paul Offit: Science Based Medicine presents: The Vaccine Wars
A Conversation with Mary Roach
LUNCH (on your own)
Carl Zimmer KEYNOTE: Heredity: Its Powers, Perversions, and Potential
Steven Novella: Science Based Medicine: The Truth about the Opiate Crisis
Andrea Jones-Rooy: Why Democracy is Mathematically Hard
Randi Hutter Epstein: Aroused: A History of Hormone Healers & Hucksters
PANEL: Science Based Medicine presents: The Measles Resurgence: How We Got Here and What We Can Do About It
LUNCH (on your own)
PANEL: AiPT! Comics presents: The Science (and Philosophy) of X-Men Biology
Including special guest Matthew RosenbergRuss, Yelena, Nathan Lents, Aaron Rabinowitz, and special guest Matthew Rosenberg
PANEL: Precision Editing: The Rise of CRISPR
Brant MacDuff: A Brief History of Taxidermy
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